Disney fans speculate that Wish may be hidden prequel to another classic film

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Disney released its special new animated film, Wish, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney Animation Studios - and fans think it's the prequel to the iconic Snow White.

In 1937, Walt Disney and his team of talented animators and storytellers transformed the film industry with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This iconic Disney animation was the first full-length animated film to be screened in cinemas across the globe.

The story revolves around Snow White, a princess who falls into a deep slumber after consuming a poisoned apple, enabling her evil stepmother, the Evil Queen, to maintain power and remain the fairest in the land.

Almost 90 years since its initial release, the film still plays a significant role in Disney's ongoing success. Walt Disney Animation Studios has seen ups and downs over the years, but to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it released a special new animated film - Wish (2023).

Wish tells the story of Asha (Ariana DeBose), a young woman living in the Kingdom of Rosas, where wishes really do come true. King Magnifico (Chris Pine) is a sorcerer loved by all, including Asha, until she discovers his true identity.

The prequel to Snow White has been discovered
Disney fans are speculating online -Credit:W.Disney/Everett/REX/Shutterstock

She then makes a wish so powerful that a wishing star, named Star, comes down to help her save her people and their wishes. Despite a lacklustre box office performance, the new animated film seems to have resonated with fans, earning an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, reports the Mirror.

But it's only now that people are realising Wish might just be the prequel to Snow White.

Disney's latest animated feature, Wish, is more than just a magical taleit's a treasure trove of nods to the studio's iconic classics. The film cleverly incorporates elements from Snow White, including the notorious poison apple in the villainous King Magnifico's castle.

But keep your eyes peeled for the subtler hints scattered throughout the movie, like a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during the climactic scene where all the characters come together to dethrone the power-hungry King Magnifico. As he desperately clings to power by destroying wishes, they band together with new dreams and wishes, ultimately trapping him inside his own staff.

In a fleeting burst of light as Magnifico is captured, he morphs into the infamous Magic Mirror from Snow White, a detail that TikToker Ivan Mars meticulously points out. His analysis, shared on social media, has left fans buzzing with excitement.

Does King Magnifico become the mirror on the wall in Snow White?
Fans wonder whether King Magnifico becomes the mirror on the wall in Snow White -Credit:Walt Disney Co/Everett/REX/Shutterstock

Comments poured in, with one fan speculating: "I'm pretty sure his staff is also Maleficent's staff too. I think it's the origin for all the fairy tales. The castle resembles Cinderella's too. It's as if the story is also meant to show that through the birth of evil you always have the birth of good as long as there are those willing to hope and fight for better. I really enjoyed it! " Another chimed in with their observation: "Not only this. But have you notice that Asha, became the Blue Fairy? [In Sleeping Beauty]".

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Disney animators excel at providing numerous clues in a beautiful and understated manner. During the pandemic, Disney started releasing its films on Disney+ shortly after their cinema debut.

Usually, there was a 45-day theatrical run before a Disney+ premiere.

However, Wish broke the pattern, only appearing on Disney+ 133 days after its cinema release. Once it started streaming, it rapidly climbed to the top of the charts.

In its first five days on Disney+, the animated film was viewed over 13 million times.